Lokeshwaran Manoharan

Lokeshwaran Manoharan NBIS expert

Genomics and metagenomics, Transcriptomics and metatranscriptomics, phylogenomics, Microbial Genomics, Amplicon sequencing analysis


Lokesh got his PhD in Biology at Lund University specialized in microbial genomics and ecology. During his PhD,he mainly worked with soil metagenomics and amplicon sequencing to understand how different soil management strategies affect genomic capability of microbial communities. During his postdoc in Vienna, he went further to look into the evolutionary aspects of microbes through phylogenetics and phylogenomics. During the period of his research experience, he learnt many computational techniques to understand microbial communnities from different environments through their genetic and genomic potential.

Selected publications

Kushwaha, S. K., Manoharan, L., Meerupati, T., Hedlund, K., and Ahrén, D. (2015) MetCap: a bioinformatics probe design pipeline for large-scale targeted metagenomics. BMC bioinformatics, 16, 65.

Manoharan, L., Kushwaha, S. K., Hedlund, K., and Ahrén, D. (2015) Captured metagenomics: large-scale targeting of genes based on ‘sequence capture’reveals functional diversity in soils. DNA Research, 22, 451–460.

Williams, A., Manoharan, L., Rosenstock, N. P., Olsson, P. A., and Hedlund, K. (2017) Long-term agricultural fertilization alters arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition and barley (Hordeum vulgare) mycorrhizal carbon and phosphorus exchange. New Phytologist, 213, 874–885.

Manoharan, L., Rosenstock, N. P., Williams, A., and Hedlund, K. (2017) Agricultural management practices influence AMF diversity and community composition with cascading effects on plant productivity. Applied soil ecology, 115, 53–59.

Manoharan, L., Kushwaha, S. K., Ahrén, D., and Hedlund, K. (2017) Agricultural land use determines functional genetic diversity of soil microbial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 115, 423–432.